Newcastle opinion: Benitez to not buy Kenedy permanently – good choice?
The Chronicle Live has reported that Newcastle United are set to reject any permanent move for Chelsea star Kenedy. Currently, on loan at Newcastle, the 23-year-old has failed to do deliver consistently for the club this season.
That has come as a surprise to the Magpies’ faithful, given how well the Brazilian did last season. In their first season back in the Premier League, the club managed to sign a few promising players, including Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu and Islam Slimani. However, Kenedy was the one who made the biggest impact.
So much so, that Benitez opted to bring him back for a second loan spell but things clearly haven’t worked out the same since. This season, nothing has gone according to plan for Kenedy.
The 23-year-old started well for the club, playing in 14 games before he was dropped by Benitez. His form and attitude had a lot to do with that. Kenedy missed a crucial penalty against Cardiff City on the second day of the season and things haven’t looked great since.
Since the beginning of December, the 23-year-old has made just 11 appearances, with 8 of them coming off the bench. It shows just how badly he’s digressed and why Newcastle United suffered so badly in December and early January.
However, with the arrival of Miguel Almiron, the club started to pick up their form and Kenedy has since failed to find a way back into the fold. That could change in the near future but either way, the 23-year-old doesn’t deserve a permanent move to Newcastle.
The Magpies need new additions and shelling out £30 million (Chronicle Live) for a player who’s failed to score or create any goals since November of 2018 is a waste of money.
But as mentioned above, the Magpies need additions in other areas. A new left-back, striker and central midfielder should be a part of Rafael Benitez’s shortlist and paying Kenedy’s transfer fee would put a stop to all that.
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The Magpies need someone who can provide both goals and assists on a consistent basis. Kenedy is far too inconsistent a player for Newcastle United to be able to rely upon him.